Last Ship [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

The Last Ship [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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by Sting
     
 
Sting's solo recording of The Last Ship was his finest album of the new millennium, so it stands to reason that the 2014 Original Broadway Cast recording of the musical would also be strong, as it contains many of the same bones as the 2013 rendition. Indeed, the OBC version of The Last Ship is also very good, although it naturally displays a different

Overview

Sting's solo recording of The Last Ship was his finest album of the new millennium, so it stands to reason that the 2014 Original Broadway Cast recording of the musical would also be strong, as it contains many of the same bones as the 2013 rendition. Indeed, the OBC version of The Last Ship is also very good, although it naturally displays a different character. Certainly, this cast recording has a more theatrical bent, both in its execution and in its pacing -- the songs are in a different order and a few older Sting hits punctuate the newer tunes, serving a bit as an anchor for the audience -- and that naturally draws attention to Sting's subtler skills as a writer, both in the short and long term. Song by song, the album is sturdy, but what's more impressive is the cumulative effect, how the songs intertwine and enliven their companions, drawing a compelling and subtly moving narrative.

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From the Publisher
THE LAST SHIP is the new musical with music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy Award-winner STING and book by Tony Award-winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize-winner Brian Yorkey. After it opened on Broadway it received overwhelming praise for its emotionally powerful score. The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE LAST SHIP is produced by the Emmy-Award winning and multi-Grammy-nominated producer Rob Mathes. The play is directed by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett, with musical direction, orchestrations and arrangements also by Rob Mathes.

In the fall of 2013, Sting introduced some of the selections heard in the musical on his own album of the same name, The Last Ship. The Original Broadway Cast album includes some of those original compositions performed by the acclaimed Broadway cast, as well as selections exclusively written and recorded for the stage production. Highlights include the title track “The Last Ship,” show favorites “We’ve Got Now’t Else” and “If You Ever See Me Talking to a Sailor” plus “When We Dance,” a beloved song from Sting’s catalog. The Original Broadway Cast Recording will also include two versions of the stirring ballad “What Say You, Meg?” – one sung by the character Arthur Millburn and one recorded by Sting which will appear as a bonus track, available exclusively on the cast album for the first time anywhere.

THE LAST SHIP – which marks Sting's debut as a Broadway composer – is set in the English seaside town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon returns home many years later, he finds the shipyard's future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. This love triangle ignites just as the men and women of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence. And in the end Gideon comes to understand that he had indeed left behind more than he could have ever imagined.

THE LAST SHIP is inspired by the Wallsend community where Sting was born and raised and people's homes were often houses that existed in the shadows of the massive vessels in the shipyards. THE LAST SHIP also reflects real-life incidents, including a history-making 'work-in' at a Scottish shipyard in the 70's, and a recent project in Poland for which a priest commandeered supplies and financial support so a group of laymen could not only have work, but also reclaim their pride and dignity by assembling a ship meant to sail the world.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2014
Label:
Universal Classics
UPC:
0602547139955
catalogNumber:
002245602
Rank:
13712

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sting   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jimmy Nail   Vocals
Eric Anderson   Vocals
Rob Mathes   Piano,Conductor
Sally Ann Triplett   Vocals
Craig Bennett   Vocals
Fred Applegate   Vocals
Leah Hocking   Vocals
Aaron Lazar   Vocals
Matthew Stocke   Vocals
Drew McVety   Vocals
Jamie Jackson   Vocals
Michael Esper   Vocals
Rachel Tucker   Vocals
Last Ship Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Last Ship Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Shawna M. Hamic   Vocals
Rich Hebert   Vocals
Dawn Cantwell   Vocals
Collin Kelly-Sordelet   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer,Lyricist
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Music Direction
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Martin Kierszenbaum   Executive Producer
Jamie Siegel   Engineering
Brian Yorkey   Book
Alex Venguer   Engineer
Joe Mantello   Stage Direction
Aki Nishimura   Pro-Tools
John Logan   Book

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